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Presenting An Alternative Arab Narrative

Interview with Dana Dajani, award-winning Palestinian actor, producer, director, writer, model, spoken-word artist and founder of The Human Spirit Project.

Your main inspiration: I am constantly inspired to present an alternative Arab narrative. Even as a child pre-9/11, that was my driving force and one of the reasons I was willing to be in the public eye: to present an alternative image of Muslims and Arabs. Then after university, this was also the reason I was inspired to return to the Middle East. I moved back to invest in cultivating the performing arts scene, to revive our ancient oral traditions and create contemporary narratives as well.

Your biggest challenge: Persevering through countless criticism and people who told me to “grow up” and get a “real job” i.e. work in an office, and keep acting as a hobby. It took about a decade for my parents to get comfortable with the idea that this is my calling in life, that the arts are where I shine and how I give back to the world.

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Lama Saleh

Freelance writer at Baraka bits. A dreamer wanting to have a positive footprint on society and bring joy to others. Success stories and inspiring people are my muses, optimism is my life choice. Interested in all things relating to social entrepreneurship, social development, social justice, peace, women's rights, child safety and development, art and illustration, health, education and psychology.

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